Remember your reusables!
We're on a mission to encourage everyone in Dacorum to ‘remember your reusables’!
The reported problems of plastic in our environment, from our soils to our seas, has shown us that it is more important than ever before to ditch plastic from our daily lives. The best way to do this is to swap single-use for reusable alternatives. Remembering to grab items like water bottles, coffee cups and shopping bags as we head out the door should be as important as picking up your wallet, keys or phone. There's plenty of other changes that you can make as well...
In the UK, we use 13 billion plastic bottles every year, that's all drinks, milk and toiletry bottles. Water bottles make up a staggering 60% of this! Bottled water is one of the easiest things which can be avoided by using a reusable drinks bottle. Whether you are heading out to work, the shops, school or just out to play. Make sure you remember, reuse and refill your drinks bottle.
Thanks to a fantastic new initiative called Refill, topping up your bottle when out and about is being made even easier. Refill allows public places such as cafés, pubs, and restaurants, to register as Refill stations that will happily refill your bottle with free tap water. You can find your nearest Refill stations on-the-go by downloading the Refill app or keeping an eye out for Refill window stickers.
We need support in building the number of Refill stations listed in Hertfordshire, find out how you can register your business – it only takes a minute and is totally free!
Around 15% of people in the UK only ever drink bottled water. By switching from bottled water to either the tap or a water filter you will not only be drastically reducing the amount of plastic used, but saving money too as bottled water is 500-1000 more expensive than tap water. Meanwhile, tap water is often healthier for you and doesn't carry the carbon footprint either.
Remember your reusables...on the go!
The UK uses 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year, and only 1 in 400 of these can be recycled. If you enjoy hot drinks on-the-go, it’s time to invest in a reusable keep cup. Check out different cups available to buy and discounts that are offered for using your own cup.
The bag charge resulted in a drop of 85% plastic bag use - let’s get that to 100%! Leave your reusable bags in your car, handbag or by the door so you always remember to use them.
Making packed lunches for you or the whole family can not only help cut down the amount of waste you create, but it is often much healthier and cheaper than buying food on-the-go.
Sporks, chopsticks, or just normal knives and forks - there are lots of different reusable cutlery choices to choose from. If you are planning on eating on the go, make sure you have a set ready to pop in your bag or pocket.
Straws suck! Remind restaurants and bars that you don’t want them in your drink when you place your order. There are plenty of reusable versions available made of metal, silicon, bamboo, hard plastic or even glass, for you to slip into your bag before heading out.
Remember your reusables... at home
In the bathroom...
Swap your shower gel bottle and hand pump for a bar of soap, simple but effective and they will last much longer too!
Shampoo and conditioner bars
Ditch your old plastic bottles for these brilliant bars
which are a great alternative. They work just as well and many of the brands which create these bars are also cruelty-free and use more natural ingredients.
Your average sanitary pad can contain the equivalent of four plastic carrier bags! Change up your monthly routine by learning more about having a plastic free period
Cut your single-use plastic consumption even further by switching your plastic disposable razor for a reusable razor. Whether you are male or female, there are plenty available to buy for your needs.
In the kitchen...
Same Taste, Less Waste
Food such as fruit and vegetables can often be bought loose instead of wrapped in plastic. All supermarket tills have weighing scales so that you can pay for what you buy at the till without using any pesky plastic bags! If you prefer to have your food protected on your shop, bring your own bags or tubs with you to the supermarket.
In the past 40 years, the people using glass bottles has dropped around 90%. Let’s get back to the good old days, find your nearest milkman
Make your own cleaning products, most things can be cleaned easily avoiding chemicals by using a simple recipe
of white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. No need to buy lots of trigger sprays and bleach bottles.
Ditch the cling film and invest in reusable food wrap or have a go at making your own reusable bees-wax wrap
Find out more about reducing, reusing and recycling